Murder suspect arrested in Oshawa after Canada-wide search


Published November 24, 2023 at 2:10 pm

Josh Bickle Oshawa Murder Suspect
Josh Bickle, 37 of Tweed, is wanted for second-degree murder in the death of Amaar Jawaid, 22. via Durham Regional Police.

A man wanted in connection to a murder and arson in Oshawa in the spring has been arrested in that very city after a month-long Canada-wide search.

Amaar Jawaid, 22, was found dead in his home on Court St. on March 6. He had suffered an unspecified trauma and his home had been set on fire. Oshawa Fire Services was quickly able to douse the flames. The Fire Marshall deemed the blaze suspicious as it had seemingly deliberately been set in three different areas of the house.

Noting the trauma, Durham Regional Police launched a murder investigation two days later. However, Jawaid could not be immediately identified. Roughly two weeks later police were able to conclude the body was in fact Jawaid’s. The murder was the fifth in the Region in 2023, a year in which violence has claimed 11 lives so far.

However, months passed without further updates to the case. Until, on Oct. 9, police announced they had identified a suspect in Josh Bickle, 37 of Tweed. They announced a warrant for his arrest on a second-degree murder charge.

Bickle was already doing time for a violent sexual assault and is required to wear an ankle monitor at all times. Investigators believe Bickle has removed the monitor. Police issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for second-degree murder and launched a search for Bickle.

Days after this appeal, police raided two homes in Oshawa and Brampton. These raids resulted in the arrest of Rameish Anthony and Kaydean Urquhart-Brown, both 22 of Brampton.

Bickle meanwhile remained at large until Nov. 24. Early that morning, an officer spotted Bickle near Mary St. and Adelaide Ave. Nine months after Jawaid’s death and seven weeks after Bickle was identified as a suspect, he was discovered less than 2 kilometres from Jawaid’s home.

He has been formally charged with second-degree murder and now remains in custody. Anyone with information about the case can call the Homicide Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5407 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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